Human Rights Law

Home > Archives > Human Rights Law

Supreme Court of Canada Building | Copyright Dominique Clément / Clément Consulting

Landmark court cases in Canada’s human rights history, including early human rights decisions in British Columbia to accompany the book Equality DeferredThe Canadian Human Rights Reporter publishes decisions dating from 1980 for all jurisdictions in Canada.


Further Reading

The following is a survey of the Canadian Bar Review from its inception in 1923 to 1970. The survey is concerned with how often the topic of civil liberties and human rights are the subject of articles or commentary. The survey is based on an examination of the subject titles provided at the beginning of each issue as well as the subject index produced in 1960 that lists those articles dealing with “civil liberties and civil rights”. In some cases it was a full article, and other cases were a brief case commentary.

Civil liberties or human rights were not always the primary subject for framing the article. The term ‘civil liberties’, for instance, was first applied in an article title in 1941. The term ‘human rights’ did not appear until 1948. The 25th anniversary issue of the Canadian Bar Review, published in 1959, did not include a single article on civil liberties. The spike in articles in 1959 reflected debates at the time over the proposed Canadian Bill of Rights. The spike in 1945-1949 was largely a response to the Gouzenko Affair.

CBR_survey

In 1923, 1949 and 1954 the dominant issue was race. Some of the key figures involved in the espionage commission were executive members of the Canadian Bar Association including E.K. Williams, Judge James McRuer and Gérald Fauteux. Women’s rights were rarely discussed in the CBR, whereas habeas corpus was the most common rights-issue discussed in the journal. While the journal was technically a national publication, it was predominantly an English-language periodical. The journal rarely carried more than a few articles in French in any given year.


The readings lists available on this site deal with a range of topics from human rights to biographies and specific events.


Human Rights Activism

Human Rights Activism

Documents relating to Canadian human rights and civil liberties...
Human Rights Law

Human Rights Law

Landmark court cases in Canada’s human rights history, including early hu...
October Crisis

October Crisis

Documents regarding the federal government’s use of the War M...
Gouzenko

Gouzenko

Documents relating to the defection of Igor Gouzenko, the RCMP...
Statutes and Declarations

Statutes and Declarations

Major federal and provincial human rights statutes and international...
Jewish Labour Committee

Jewish Labour Committee

Few social movement organizations can equal the impact of the...
Special Joint Committee on the Constitution

Special Joint Committee on the Constitution

The Special Joint Committee on the Constitution (1980-81) was...